The jury of five experts selected 15 artists for the international art project OPEN SPACES 800 in two online sessions.

A total of 88 applications were received from all over the world.

Curator Verena Winter: “The jury was thrilled by the high quality and diversity of the project ideas submitted. It was not an easy task to select 15 artists from the many great entries. They would have preferred to give all the artists a place.”

Five artists come from Bocholt and the surrounding area, five from the twin/befriended towns and five from different countries around the world, such as Denmark, Ukraine and India. They were all able to convince the jury with their artistic project proposals on the theme SPACE CITY BOCHOLT.

Bocholt can look forward to seeing how the ideas of the artists will be realised in the Kunsthaus, on the kubaai grounds, at the LWL-TextilWerk Bocholt and other places in the city centre from 17 to 27 September 2021. The artists work in different genres: whether digital, with wood, textiles or colours – the selection of the expert jury includes many different art styles.

Here are the 15 artists selected – 5 per category:

BOCHOLT + 1 Germany:

Marco Büning     Painting

Klaus Cordes     Image/Text Collage

Georg Paar     Wood Sculpture

Anabell Weinen     Braille artwork

Judith Nothnagel (Hamminkeln)     Photography



Gu Zhenzhen – China (Wuxi)      Painting/Drawing

Kazimiers Salciuna – Lithuania (Akmene)     Video art

Jill Randall in cooperation with Alan Birch –

Great Britain (Rossendale)      Various techniques

Eduard van Eeden – Belgium (Bocholt)     Print & Ceramics

Thea Zweerink – NL-Achterhoek (Varsseveld)     Painting on textile



Vagaram Choudhary – India     Textile Installation

Vera DG – Ukraine      Augmented Reality Art

Gleb Dusavitskiy – Denmark     Wood sculpture

Anneke Savert – Netherlands     3D Object Art

Wilhelmina Nellie van Ravenhorst – Netherlands      Outdoor Installation